Donald Trump delays decision on imported vehicle tariffs for trade talks

President Trump's senior adviser and son-in-law Jared Kushner departs the Capitol after a meeting with Senate Republicans

President Trump's senior adviser and son-in-law Jared Kushner departs the Capitol after a meeting with Senate Republicans

The media also reported that the proposal would face a stiff resistance in the US Congress where many lawmakers see the proposed measures as "harsh and inhuman".

As a response to Trump's comment, European Trade Commissioner, Cecilia Malmstroem said on Twitter, "we completely reject the notion that our vehicle exports are a national security threat".

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The United States imported more than $191 billion worth of foreign automobiles in 2017 - while European Union and Japanese barriers limit USA automobile imports into their countries, creating a trade imbalance. But the administration has so far refused to lift the taxes on their metals to the United States anyway.

American automakers and dealers, as well as USA business organizations, disputed Trump's claim that vehicle and auto parts imports pose a threat to US national security. Those governments are still not exempt from the steel and aluminium tariffs and they are likely to bear the brunt of auto tariffs that could reach 25 per cent, if Trump opts to impose them.

Trump, who faced a Saturday deadline to make a decision, has provided relief to global markets by putting it off for 180 days.

Trump on Friday lifted steel and aluminum tariffs on Canada and Mexico put in place a year ago, a move created to ease one area of tensions as a trade dispute with China ratchets up.

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"United States defence and military superiority depend on the competitiveness of our automobile industry and the research and development that industry generates", Sanders said in a statement.

Trump said in a proclamation released in Washington on Friday that he agreed with the conclusion by the department that imports of cars and their parts represent a national security threat.

Though the wording is less provocative, it still implies a goal that neither the European Union nor Japan - both of which the United States is in broader trade negotiations with - is likely to accept.

In a statement, Mr Trump said "domestic conditions of competition must be improved by reducing imports" and argued a strong USA auto sector was vital to USA military power.

"Cars are not a national security threat", said the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers, a trade association representing 12 USA and foreign automakers including General Motors Co. and Toyota Motor Corp.

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